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punkrockacademyfightsong

Punk Won

i'm gonna give you a straight answer
i'm gonna lay it all out on the line
i've thought it all a million times now
and i'm not gonna turn back this time
there was a time when you and I were taking on the world
we believed in what you told us
so please don't tell me that you've changed your ways
it's all depending on your frame of mind
my faith is gonna get me through these days
there was a time when you and I were taking on the world
there was a time when you and I
we shared a different way
is there still time today?
It's time to lay it on the line
to lay it on the line
to lay it on the line

Hit or Miss

so you want to become a hero
stop the world -- become a hero
we just can't find one anywhere
can't find one anywhere
so you're thinking you're a victim
stop the world cause you're a victim
well, you can find one anywhere
you can find one everywhere
life's just a hit or miss
all the time, just a hit or miss
sometimes you take a swing and miss
a swing and a miss
well sometimes, we take a swing and hit!
Now you're thinking about the future
try to picture some kind of future
you just can't see one anywhere -- can't see it anywhere
well we need to find us a hero
can you tell me where are the heroes
who can clean up everywhere
hey g.i. joe, where are you now?
And if I could count the times
that I looked up to the sky
and asked someone to save me. . .

Flower Tattoo

do you wanna
go for a walk?
You can hold my hand
we can laugh and talk
you can lead the way
which way ya wanna go?
Tell me all the things
I really wanna know
with a t-shirt, sneakers and some faded blue jeans
a pocket in the back, ripped from the seams
she really doesn't care
what they hear & see
what they think about her, what they think about me
if I wrote the perfect song
you know i'd name it after you
hair is gold & her eyes are blue
i'm in love with the girl with the flower tattoo

Sympathy for the World

of all the times i've tried to talk to you
and acted out of line
please understand
when I tell you more than anything
why must we hold a candle to all our shames?
I forgave my enemies
but I never forgot their names
of all the times i've tried to talk to you
this time I think i'm fine
we'll make it through
'cuz i'll never want you to cry
and there's no fire without lots of smoke
everyone laughed, I didn't get the joke
but i'm secure with my insecurity
and i'm so sure with my uncertainty
I know we're bored with our apologies
this time we're making everything we need
this time, I don't want to know what i'm thinking
i just want to know what you think
and do you think that I should think this way?

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

The Proclaimers (Reid/Reid)

Brief Tommy


Bright Green Globe

kids are burning up now
they got nowhere to go
in a spinning world of people
such a bright green globe
where all the wise men have something wise to say
well it's a fishbowl world of troubles
so wade in today
nobody knows at all
nobody knows it all
and I think i've tried it all
except the things I won't try
except the things I won't try
staring at a sitcom
your braincells
melt away
walk into a bookstore and see rush limbaugh's face
and maybe i'm stupid but I believe in heaven too
but who's paying the full ticket prices?
It sure as fuck ain't you
nobody knows at all
nobody knows it all
and I think i've tried it all
except the things I won't try
except the the things I won't try
there's a road map in my head there's a highway in my mind
but do you have a road map
that everyone can follow?

Minusame


Drummin Dave, Hunter Up

retro sucks
retro sucks
everything about it sucks
retro sucks
disco sucks
ooh ooh, fuck you
retro sucks
retro sucks
ravers almost suck as much
take those stupid mirrored balls
and smash them into bits

Punk as Fuck

lookout for your chances to try to get away
when voices scream inside your head
just turn your amp up all the way
all the lights are black lights except when they turn gray
I flicked the switch, I made my choice
i'm gonna change it all today
cause I know that I can take them on
want to find a way out, just get me out of here
climbing to the next rung, well this is my wonder year
burning up inside in my body & my mind
after all this work i've decided this is my time
cause I know that I can take them on
and i'm not sorry that its done
and i'm not sorry that I won
now i've cried my last tear
cause this is my freaking year

1944

somewhere a pen is busy with hate tonight
jaded eyes and cynics bring me down
somewhere a kid is playing his heart out tonight
but he'll get nowhere with the Berkeley in-crowd
well put-downs are so easy
like a novel without a soul
and every executioner wears a hood
when it's time for heads to roll
well they're just like new dictators
trying to tell us what to love
well their opinion they can take and shove
somewhere young rebels will meet up tonight
somewhere skateboarders and straightedgers will unite
they don't need no magazine that's filled with hate and lies
get enough from the world around them
they're young but they are wise
but negativity's easy
you just fire and walk away
and it's the armchair general
who lives to fight another day
well their opinion they can take and shove
if this was 1944, they'd be pointing their guns at you
cause every fascist, left or right, has a fucked-up set of rules
but do they really think the kids are such fools?
Or do they even care?

The King & I

candy coated promise
and candy coated lies
I don't know what you've been told
but we've heard it a million times
from day to day is how you're livin'
blowing chances that you've been given
jaded ears, jaded spoons
feed us like we're little fools
now we've got our chance
I know the way it was
and now the way it is
you don't know what the fuck you're saying
and we don't give a shit
should you stay, or should you go . . .
you ask yourself - who wants to know?
This and that, get off my back
go ahead and steal the show
acting stupid, that's all you did
now we're rolling and moving steps ahead
jaded ears, jaded spoons
feed us like we're little fools
enough fake romance
and now we're gonna draw the line
we're sick of wasting all our time
we won't change who we really are
you've pushed us way too far

Haircuts

pearl jam clones are everywhere
fuck that shit, go cut your fucking hair
Seattle sound is all around
but where's the huevos in that sound
go to the Whisky, see a band
just all an 'L' and you've got bland
all those bands just sound the same
and they all look so fucking lame
and I don't want to hear it
everybody's trying to make it
heard it all a million times
grab the brass ring before it falls down
wish they'd all just go away
pearl jam clones are everywhere
fuck that shit, go cut your fucking hair
not one word original
not one word original
and then they all fall down
they all go down
grab the brass ring
find the pot of gold

Chocolate Jerk

all used up
and nowhere to go
got a sad story to tell
but who wants to know?
Its written on the walls
you sing it in the halls
you're gonna have a ball
who catches when you fall?
Don't look at me like that
don't look at me at all
all used up
and nowhere to go
got a sad story to tell
we all wanna know
its written on the walls
you sing it in the halls
you're gonna have a blast
who watches when you fall?
Can't look at me like that
can't look at me at all

Sam I

waking up at 5 pm
tell the girls you're in a band
hey, it's fucking awesome man
we're hanging out with Sam

Heroes & Hooligans

now this life is a wonderful thing
see the world, go a million miles
faces come and go like the tide
on a summer day, or a lonely night
but everyone is telling you
what to do with your life
just escape and breathe free
daydream of a girl I used to know
so many memories have slipped away
thinking a million thoughts an hour
waiting for the waves to take me away
they say somewhere is a path that's marked out just for you
well I hope someday our paths will cross
when I lie awake at night, I still see only you

Soldier Boy

soldier of fortune
you go wherever the call is
soldier of fortune
you go wherever it is
thirty three and a third
revolutions per minute
bright lights go through his head
gonna bring down the government
gonna write to that girl
but first he puts on his walkman instead
retreats to a world where no one can hurt him
at least till the batteries die
soldier of fortune . . .
revolutions per minute!
A thousand miles an hour!
This is another call to arms
do you know where you're going?
Do you know what you're doing?
Or are you gonna stick to your guns?
But he made a vow that he would never run away
I am a lonely soldier boy
thousands of miles from my home
soldier of fortune . . .
not me

Goodnight Song

look at you sleeping there
I couldn't love anyone or anything more
you really are my angel from heaven
so thanks, god
wish I could tell you how much I love you
a 1,000 times a day
but I hope you can see it in my eyes
every moment that we're awake
and every minute that I dream
I dream of you
god that sounds like such a used line
but fuck it, its true
now most of my words are social
the human condition we all share
and i'm not very good with love songs
but I just saw you sleeping there
and I didn't want to wake you up
but I feel us so strongly right now
thanks for being so great
and thanks for being my friend
I know it's the same for you for me
I love you
etc.
Je t'aime
etc.
When you wake up, let's make out

Sam II

waking up at 5 pm
tell the girls you're in a band
hey, it's fucking awesome man
we're hanging out with Sam